Paul's Project

The Objective

Paul Kitterman is part of the team at material solutions provider Jewson Partnership Solutions (JPS) – which is a dedicated branch that serves the Pinewood and Shepperton film and TV studios and supplies materials for use on the various sets and stages.

In October 2021, he thought he had a bad back – which got worse. So he went to A&E, where he collapsed and was diagnosed with a spinal abscess, which has since left him paralysed from the waist down.

Paul has made remarkable progress and has been able to return to work in an administrative role, but he’s sleeping in the dining room of his family’s modest three-bedroom house in Surrey. There are no facilities, and he is in desperate need of a new ground-floor bedroom with a wet room and toilet, which will help restore his dignity.

Background

In October 2021, Paul Kitterman went to his local A&E with what he thought was a bad back that was getting worse – and he collapsed upon arrival. Doctors conducted a battery of tests and diagnosed a spinal abscess. He was immediately transferred to a specialist hospital in London, where he was put into an induced coma, as he had also contracted pneumonia and sepsis.

The spinal abscess was not diagnosed in time, and it has left Paul paralysed from the waist down. He spent the next six months in hospital at five different specialist spinal and rehabilitation units.

Paul has been supported every step of the way by wife Sasha, who also has serious health issues – having already had three kidney transplants and awaiting a fourth.

He said: “I’m currently sleeping in the small dining room, which is next to the kitchen, with no downstairs toilet or bathroom.”

He is full of praise for JPS, who have integrated him back into the branch so he can continue to work, and he travels to and from the branch in a Motability vehicle.

The Project

There is land to the side of Paul and Sasha’s house, so an extension can be built to create a bedroom and wet room. Planning permission has been granted and the extension is on track to start in September 2024. It is expected to take around four weeks. Band of Builders is appealing for plant workers, bricklayers, builders, roofers, plumbers, electricians, decorators and other tradespeople to volunteer their time to help on the project.

When:

The project will take place in September 2024.

Where:

Addlestone, Surrey

Trades Required:

Plant workers, bricklayers, builders, roofers, plumbers, electricians, decorators and other tradespeople to volunteer their time to help on the project.

Get Involved!

To register your interest, please complete the form below or email projects@bandofbuilders.org

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